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Politeness Theory

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About the Course

In this course, Dr James Murphy (University of the West of England, Bristol) explores politeness theory. In the first module, we introduce the concept of politeness theory and think about its development from the 1970s to the present day. In the second module, we look more closely at one of the most influential theories of politeness –that of Penny Brown and Steve Levison – before turning in the third module to consider theories of impoliteness. In the fourth module, we use some of the concepts that we have learned so far to analyse an 2009 interview between Andrew Marr and Peter Mandelson, before moving on in the fifth and final module to think about canonical verbal formula mismatches, especially in relation to apologies, e.g. "I'm sorry but you're an idiot."

About the Lecturer

Dr James Murphy is a Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).

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